Music – Best Psychological therapy
Posted On March 27, 2018
Who doesn’t love music? Certainly there are some people who don’t but
I don’t think they know what they are missing in their lives. Music has touched cultures all over the world since very early times in human history. Personally, I myself am a big music fan. I love to hear different music in different situations as it makes me feel better. I think Music is a gift and is said to have direct connections with our minds and souls. Today I am going to tell you about music in brief :
What is Music?
Definition According to Wikipedia
Music is a form of art; an expression of emotions through harmonic frequencies. Music is a form of entertainment that puts sounds together in a way that people like, listening or dancing to. The word music comes from the Greek word (mousike), which means “(art) of the Muses”. In Ancient Greece the muses included the goddesses of music, poetry, art, and dance.
Definition According to Artists and Authors
An art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of melodyand harmony. Billy Joel says “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
Have you ever wondered about the power of music and its effect on our health? Firstly ,Here are some Adantages of music:-
- Music Makes Everyone Happier: (My Favorite) Music has a great effect or relation with our mood, music has the power to do so much. It can make you feel happy, sad, excited or even pumped up. Listening to music that hits you in a special way causes your brain to release dopamine. Dopamine is known as a feel good chemical. It causes us to feel emotions like happiness, excitement, joy, etc. Listening to music provides us with the same burst of happiness that we would get from eating a piece of chocolate, sex or drugs.
- Keeps an old and aging brain healthy: Researchers say that having musical training and listening to or playing music in old age can help keep the brain healthy especially as it ages. Since listening to music is like exercising the brain, one can expect the benefits of better memory and mental sharpness as they age.
- Improves verbal skills: Several studies have shown that music education at an early age stimulates the child’s brain in a number of ways that helps to improve verbal skills, communication skills and visual skills. A study using subjects that were 8 to 11 year old found that those who were involved in extra-curricular music classes were developing higher verbal IQ’s and their visual ability was greater than those who were not receiving the training. Even children as young as one year old who participated in interactive music lessons with their parents had a greater ability to communicate, smiled more frequently and were showing greater signs of sophisticated brain responses to music.
- Blood Pressure, Heartbeat, Pulse Rate: Regardless of the genre of music, listening to your favorite music releases endorphins in the brain that help to improve vascular health. It has been seen that both men and women who listened to music soon after cardiac surgery were much less anxious and even reported having less pain as opposed to those who rested quietly. Studies have shown that music strengthens the heart and improves the recovery time of patients who were suffering from heart disease.
As once An observation made at Massachusetts General Hospital, found that heart patients confined to a bed that listened to music for 30 minutes had lower blood pressure, slower heart rates and less distress than those who didn’t listen to music.
‘We listen to music with our muscles.’ Nietzsche
Reduces depression and anxiety:
Psychologists say that cancer patients who listened to music or experienced a reduction in anxiety and had better blood pressure levels. They even found Mood Improvement in Patients. Music can have positive effects on the mood, pain and quality of life as well.
Increases Immune System And Reduces Pain:
Study has shown that music is capable of reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It is also responsible for weakening the immune system, increasing risk of heart disease and interfering with learning and memory. Research found that by listening to just 50 minutes of uplifting music the levels of antibodies in the human body increases. While different types of music were not studied, it is important one listens to music they enjoy as personal preference of music does have an effect on overall physical effects.
Yeah Yeah!! I know that everything has some bad effects too. So the main Disadvantage of Listening to loud music increases the possibility of hearing loss. People, especially teenagers and young people, who listen to music through earphones for a long period of time and in a loud environment, can eventually have permanent hearing loss or very bad headaches. One psychological disadvantage would be “being over-emotional”. If people who are in a depressed mood listen to a sad or gloomy song, then they would fall into a deeper mood of depression and anxiety, and may have emotional disorders in an extreme case.
In a creative view Music is like a superpower too that can do good as well as bad. It just depends on who is using it and how is he/she using it. Some Quotes by famous artists are:
“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
I would like to conclude my blog by saying that, Music has a very strong influence on brains no matter human or animal. However, it should be used as our strengths and not weaknesses. Everyone has a different way of thinking maybe tell us your views in comment section below.
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